Liverpool have entered the race to sign Werder Bremen forward Max Kruse on a free transfer, according to German news outlet Sport1.

Injury to Roberto Firmino has revealed that there is a lack of strong back up for the Brazilian.

Divock Origi has been a good deputy this season but he is better suited to playing on the left wing than he is playing down the middle and Daniel Sturridge seems bereft of pace after an injury-stricken few years.

Daniel Sturridge.

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With this in mind, it seems certain that Jurgen Klopp will sign a new forward this summer and reports from Germany claim to know who.

German news outlet Sport1 claims that Liverpool have entered the race to sign Max Kruse, whose contract is set to expire at the end of next month.

 

The Werder Bremen forward scored 12 goals and assisted 14 more for his teammates in all competitions.

Max Kruse.

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The German forward certainly has the ability to contribute for Liverpool but at 31-years-old, he doesn’t present much of an option beyond the next 12 months.

Klopp has been known to sign players that are close to entering their peak years or are already in their prime, with the former Borussia Dortmund rarely known to sign a player who is in the twilight of his career.

Of course, there is the temptation to sign a reputable goalscorer for free in a market which has seen even average players cost £30million.

Jurgen Klopp.

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While Kruse might be a good option from the bench and in times of injury, signing a 31-year-old that has never played in the Premier League is too much of a risk.

That and the fact that Liverpool will need to revisit signing a new backup forward again in the next two years makes moving for Kruse unwise and something Klopp needs to avoid.

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